Particularly for newer or first-time WordCamp WordCamps are casual, locally-organized conferences covering everything related to WordPress. They're one of the places where the WordPress community comes together to teach one another what they’ve learned throughout the year and share the joy. Learn more. organizers, managing sponsors can be tricky. Not everyone relishes working with sponsors, and not every organizer is as trademark- or GPL GPL is an acronym for GNU Public License. It is the standard license WordPress uses for Open Source licensing https://wordpress.org/about/license/. The GPL is a ‘copyleft’ license https://www.gnu.org/licenses/copyleft.en.html. This means that derivative work can only be distributed under the same license terms. This is in distinction to permissive free software licenses, of which the BSD license and the MIT License are widely used examples.-savvy as they might like to be. WordCamps approach event sponsorship differently from most other conferences, and sometimes a potential sponsor’s expectations don’t fit common practice (or IRS requirements) for WordCamps.
Sponsorship Squad to the rescue! This intrepid group of WordCamp veterans will be available for WordCamp organizers to consult when they have questions about sponsorship issues and will check WordCamp sites for trademark or GPL issues that a sponsor might not have been aware of. The squad will also check in a few weeks before WordCamp to help ensure that WordCamp organizers have fulfilled the promises in their sponsorship packages. I’ll still be available for the really knotty problems, but the Squad will be the first line of defense. I’d love to have team of 5-6, and have the squad hold office hours Defined times when the Global Community Team are in the #community-events Slack channel. If there is anything you would like to discuss – you do not need to inform them in advance.You are very welcome to drop into any of the Community Team Slack channels at any time. — one hour a week — in IRC to answer questions and/or check WordCamp sites.
If you enjoy working with sponsors, have organized more than one WordCamp, and have one hour a week to help WordCamps navigate the straits of sponsorship wrangling, please volunteer by leaving a comment below.